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Saraswati Puja in Bengal

Saraswati Puja in Bengal is observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha (Magha Bahula) Panchami – fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in traditional calendar followed in Bengal. Saraswati Puja 2018 date in Bengal is on January 22. This puja is of great significance in Nepal, Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Tripura and Assam. Freshly made murtis of Goddess Saraswati are prepared on the day. The color Yellow is given importance on the day.

The day is observed as Saraswati Jayanti and Basant Panchami in North India. Toddlers are initiated into the world of letters on the day. Young children would sit in the lap of the priest or elders; hold a piece of chalk in his fingers and with the Goddess as witness writes at least one alphabet in local language under the guidance of the elder or priest.
School children, college goers, artists, musicians, teachers and all those people directly or indirectly associated with letters and music actively participate in the Saraswati Puja. Some people place their…

Importance of Yellow Color on Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja

During Basant Panchami and Saraswati Puja the color yellow is given great importance as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops during spring season.

Yellow also stands for prosperity and love.

Yellow color is also associated with learning and knowledge.

Gods and Goddesses in home and temples are decorated with yellow colored clothes.

Yellow colored food and sweets are distributed on the day.

The murtis of Goddess Saraswati that are sold during the period are also adorned with Yellow colored saris.

Vasant Panchami - Importance of the Spring Festival - Basant Panchami

Vasant Panchami or Basant Panchami is an important Hindu festival which falls on the fifth day of the Magh month (January – February). Vasant means ‘spring’ and thus it heralds the spring season. Vasant Panchami 2017 date is February 1. Yellow color is given great importance during Basant Panchami as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops during spring season. Thus Vasant Panchami is also an occasion of nature worship.
It is also an important festival dedicated to Goddess Saraswati (goddess of learning) and is celebrated mainly in North India.
What to do on Vasant Panchami? People usually wear yellow colored clothes and worship Goddess Saraswati, Lord Surya (Sun God), Mother Ganga (Ganges) and Bhu Devi (Mother Earth). The worship of Sun, Earth and Water (Ganges) is a thanksgiving to the nature for sustaining us.
Gods and Goddesses in home are decorated with yellow colored clothes. Yellow colored food and sweets are distributed on the day. Yellow stands for prosperity and lov…

About Goddess Hemambika

Goddess Hemambika is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is a minor manifestation and is more sort of a regional deity. In this form, Mother Goddess Devi or Durga is of golden color. Hema here refers to Golden hue. Temples dedicated to Goddess Hemambika are found in South India. In Kerala, the worship is unique, as only the hands of Goddess can be seen.
Legend has it that once the priest at a Hemambika temple looked with sexual desire at the beautiful form of the Goddess. An angry Goddess concealed herself in water and never appeared again. The murti worshipped in the temple is in the form of hands coming out of a well.
Some of the other legends have it that the complete manifestation was not possible due to the impatience of her devotees. Before the complete manifestation devotees jumped into a lake to touch her hands and she disappeared with only hands emerging from the lake.
One of the popular temples dedicated to this form of Goddess Shakti is the KallekulangaraHemambikaTemple, …

Shukravar Vrat or Upvaas: Friday Dedicated to Santhoshi Ma and Shukra or Venus

In Hindu religion, each day of a week is dedicated to a particular God or Goddesses. Friday or Shukrawar is dedicated to Shakti – the Mother Goddess in Hinduism – and Shukra or Venus. One of the most important Vrat or Upvaas (fast) on the day is dedicated to Santhoshi Matha (an incarnation of Shakti). The fasting is also known as ‘Solah Shukravar Vrats because a devotee fasts for 16 consecutive Fridays. White color is given importance on Friday.
Another deity that is propitiated on the day is Shukra, who is known to provide joy and material wealth. The period of Shukra in one’s astrological chart is considered to be most productive and luckily period. Worship of Shakti – Durga, Kali and other forms – on Friday is considered highly auspicious. Shakti temples in India attract large number of devotees on this day. Devotees wear white colored dress on this day. The fasting on Shukravar begins at sunrise and ends with sunset. The person fasting only partakes in the evening meal. White col…

Ravi Yog October 2015 time and date

Ravi Yog is a specific time period in Hindu lunar month and is a good time for important ceremonies. October 2015 Ravi Yog time and dates are given below: It is stated that Ravi Yog annihilates the bad timings. All bad Muhurtas are overcome during Ravi Yoga.
Ravi Yog October 2015 time and date
7:28 AM on October 3 to 7:13 AM on October 4 9:44 AM on October 16 to 11:43 AM on October 17 1:13 PM on October 18 to 2:11 PM on October 19 2:20 PM on October 21 to 1:29 PM on October 22 5:02 AM on October 26 to 2:13 AM on October 27
This auspicious time for new beginnings and buying is followed in North India and western parts of India. The popular belief is that Ravi Yog nullifies all the bad muhurtas.

Lakshmi Devi Yatra at Manjari near Chikodi in Karnataka

Lakshmi Devi Yatra is annually observed at Manjari near Chikodi in Karnataka. The important rituals are held at the LakshmiDeviTemple at Manjari. Lakshmi Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 23.
The festival attracts hundreds of people arrive to the Goddess Lakshmi Devi Mandir. Important rituals and prayers are held on the day.
Lakshmi Devi Yatra is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

New Hindu pilgrimage circuit linking ancient temples and sacred places in Northeast India

Government of India is planning a new Hindu pilgrimage circuit linking ancient temples and sacred place in Northeast India with established pilgrimage circuits like Mathura and Gujarat. Plans include to the link Vaishnav tradition of Manipur, Shaiva tradition of Tripura and the three Shakti peeths — Kamakhya in Assam, Jayanti in Meghalaya and Tripura Sundari in Tripura. The Indian Express reports  A grand plan to reassert the Hindu roots of the Northeast states is afoot as the government is preparing to map a new Hindu pilgrimage circuit by linking ancient temples and other places in the region that are mentioned in mythology. Sources said the Shiva temple at Umananda, the world’s smallest river island in Assam, would also be showcased. According to mythology, Krishna’s consort Rukmini was from a local tribe in Arunachal Pradesh. The state’s pilgrimage site of Parasuram Kund and its old tribes which worship Krishna are also expected to find a place in the new circuit.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait on Reincarnation

Excerpts from an article on Reincarnation by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
We are born to become the creator of our own destiny. Because we have the capacity to conceive the idea of past, present, and future, as well as the capacity to see the connection between cause and effect, we have the ability to bring a desirable change in life here and hereafter. Those who use this capacity to their advantage are destined to reincarnate, while those who are careless remain subject to rebirth.  Individuals who reincarnate are able to descend only because they once ascended. They rose above the world of short-lived pleasure and pain. They clearly saw the transient nature of worldly objects and achievements. They realized the value of life and made a sincere effort to free themselves from the bondage of samsara. They cultivated a clear, calm, and tranquil mind, sharpened their intellect, and acquired the power of discernment. They concluded that their body and senses are tools to identify and awaken …